div·​i·​na·​tion ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce divination (audio)
: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
: unusual insight : intuitive perception
də-ˈvi-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce divination (audio)

Example Sentences

the art of reading tea leaves and other forms of divination if her powers of divination are so great, why doesn't she know what the stock market will do?
Recent Examples on the Web Her powers of divination are often accompanied by migraine auras, in which her senses blur and bleed, infecting the texture of Mantel’s language. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2022 Now, a study recently published in the journal Levant sheds light on an intriguing discovery made within the cave complex: more than 600 animal knucklebones, which appear to have been used for divination—and for fun. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 The universe is granting you a gift for divination practices that can draw out your own hidden thoughts. Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The Bell and Raven is a peaceful little shop in Simsbury specializing in paganism, mysticism, ancient magical practices, divination and other esoteric traditions. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 12 Aug. 2022 Carrington sells a wide variety of tarot decks and oracle cards and rotates these frequently to showcase different artistic interpretations of the divination tools. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 12 Aug. 2022 Tarot as a tool of divination is meant to give clarity to the person being read for. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 19 July 2022 Prints are inspired by divination tools, such as seashells and a pencil sharpener. Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 27 June 2022 These cards—which go by many names, like divination, oracle, mindfulness, affirmation—make regular appearances in Dua’s life. Jen Wang, Vogue, 10 May 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English divinacioun, from Latin divination-, divinatio, from divinare — see divine entry 3

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of divination was in the 14th century

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“Divination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divination. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



div·​i·​na·​tion ˌdiv-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce divination (audio)
: the art or practice of using omens or magic powers to foretell the future

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